Getting Pregnant with Irregular Periods
Irregular menstruation (or irregular cycles/periods) is an abnormal
variation in length of menstrual cycle in a woman. Normally, it is
actually unusual for a woman to experience cycle length variations
of less than four days between the shortest and longest cycle
lengths. However, length variation between eight and 20 days is
considered as moderately irregular cycles. Variation of 21 days or
more is considered very irregular. Alternatively, an irregular
menstruation period may be defined as one shorter than 21 days, or
longer than 36 days.
It's actually normal for women to experience irregular cycles
occasionally. Stress or illness can cause a delay in ovulation or
menstruation, causing your cycle to be longer, and sometimes
shorter, than usual. One or two periods a year that is "off" isn't
something to be worried about. However, if your cycles are often
irregular, or you've got quite a long time between menstrual cycles,
you should see your doctor for an evaluation.
Irregular periods may be a sign of anovulatory cycle where ovulation
is not taking place. If you're not ovulating, you can't get
pregnant. Irregular periods may also be a symptom of PCOS. Irregular
periods may result due to subtle hormonal imbalance. Being
overweight or underweight may also interfere with the ovulation and
hence the regularity of menstrual cycle.
Irregular periods can make conceiving a little difficult but that
does not mean one won’t be able to get pregnant naturally. First and
foremost thing to be done is to fix an appointment with a
gynecologist and get yourself diagnosed properly for hormonal levels
as well as other possible reasons of irregular period like PCOS or
your body weight.
Reduction or increase in the body weight as per the requirement, may
in itself be a treatment for some and with the body achieving its
ideal weight may result in automatic improvement in the menstrual
cycle. Treatment with ovulation stimulating drugs and hormonal
replacement therapy may be helpful in most cases. Controlling the
symptoms of PCOS may again be of help for many women.
The usual recommended time to try to get pregnant before getting
help is one year, if you're under age 35, and six months of trying
if you're age 35 or older. Your doctor can run some simple blood
tests to see if you are ovulating or not. If your blood work
indicates that you are ovulating, and you're not over 35, you might
want to keep trying to get pregnant on your own for a bit longer.
If you are ovulating, you'll need to make a special effort at
recognizing the signs of ovulation, so you can time sex better for
pregnancy. If you are not ovulating, you will need fertility
medication to help boost your ovulation.
While it's sometimes possible to get pregnant on your own with
irregular cycles, you should not ignore abnormal menstrual cycles.
It's important to get checked out by your doctor, to confirm nothing
serious is going on. There is no harm in seeking help and live a
Compiled By: India Diets Team
protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.